UGRC 150 Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning


An essential element in the training of social studies and humanities students is providing a
corrective and diagnostic skill set that enables students to discriminate logically between:
rhetorical ploys that give motives vs. arguments providing good logical reasons for believing
an assertion. Students need to recognise the contrast between inductive and deductive
reasoning and the different types of support yielded by each, to evaluate the quality of
evidence confirming an empirical hypothesis about human conduct, to maintain individual
professional and scholarly discretion in the face of peer pressure and mob mentality. Those
enrolled in this course will be provided the vocabulary and techniques to employ critical
thought and practice within the academic arena and beyond.